New Grad Requirements Spark Campus Debate

The University has announced changes in requirements for graduation for incoming freshman after a recent study showed that only 15 percent of students took a foreign language course and only 20 percent took a math course.

Students entering as first-year students or transfers students next fall must take one math, one computer science and two foreign language courses.

Riverdale-Warriors-logoSome students do not agree with the change in requirements. “I’m glad that doesn’t apply to me,” said Brittany Jones, a sophomore, business major, 19. “I don’t feel like I should have to take a foreign language unless I want to. My schedule is packed as it is. I’m not sure how new students will handle the credit load. The university may lose some news students.”

While others believe that these requirements are a good thing for the school, “I think it’s ridiculous to think you can go to college and not learn math,” said Nick Fisher a junior psychology major, “Americans are also just about the only people in the world who speak one language. I am taking Spanish because I want to be employable.”

President David French, Ph.D. felt confident that the new requirements will help incoming students, “I disagree that we are going to lose students because of this decision,” he said. “This was a decision that was made carefully and with the full input of the Faculty Senate and the Student Government. We are confident that our students will benefit greatly from the revised core requirements…Ultimately, that is what will get students jobs. Our goal is to make students more employable… I am confident that we are better preparing our students for the workplace.”


Sudden Snowstorm Cripples I-90 Causes Numerous Accidents

Numerous Accidents Occurred on the I-90
Numerous Accidents Occurred on the I-90

An unexpected snowstorm caused an accident at the Interstate 94 near 155th Ave. shortly after rush hour and left motorists stuck on the highway for 70 minutes.

Two cars and a truck wrecked at about 9:30 a.m. which left cars backed up about half a mile on both sides of the interstate.

The cars’ drivers are not injured, but the truck driver is being treated for minor injuries at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo.

Accident Image 2Responding to the accident are two fire engines, a water-tanker truck, a rescue squad, a paramedics unit, a tow truck, and state and county troopers, too.

“The ground froze fast last night when it was near zero,” said D. B. Dotty, 124 W. Breedlaw Rd., who witnessed the accident. “The concrete was so cold this morning that instead of melting, the snow turned to ice. Nobody expected it. It got slick all of a sudden.”

The National Weather Service at Fargo’s Hector International Airport stated that a narrow band of storm clouds rolled across central North Dakota, officially dumping just a tenth of an inch of snow. “We got a bit more than we expected,” said NWS spokesperson Todd Drizzle, adding that forecasters had expected “mere flurries.”

“I just pulled off my snow tires last week,” said John Washburn, a 22-year-old undergraduate at North Dakota State University, was uninjured after driving his white Geo Metro into a mailbox on Poplar Avenue. “I guess I’ll wait a few more weeks next year. Sure stinks to get stuck in the snow.”

Most of the 60 accidents occurred between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., a police spokesperson says.

Boone says many drivers had removed their winter snow tires and the dusting was enough to create conditions in which cars slid off the road.

Police Seek Information in Finding Missing Erie Woman

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Police outside the home of Enan Abo-Khila

The police are asking for the public’s help after an Erie woman was reported missing since early Friday morning after she was supposed to show up for classes at the International Institute, but never did.

Enan Abo-Khila, 29, of 601 Ash, was last seen by her brother, whom she lives with, about 5 a.m. Friday. She has lived in Erie for six months and speaks little English.

She is about 5 feet tall with a medium build, dark complexion, and black hair.

She didn’t take any belongings or personal papers, such as her passport and driver’s permit, with her when she left,” said Det. James Washburn of the Erie Police Department. “And her stuff is still at home, so it’s not like she was running away from anything.”

“She has two brothers and a sister in the Erie area, and none of them have heard from her,” Washburn said.

“We have no reason to believe that foul play is involved right now,” said Washburn. “The house showed no signs of forced entry, and there were no signs of a struggle there. But considering the Iraqi culture, it does not suggest that she would walk away somewhere by herself. Women from that culture just don’t do that.”

If you encounter Abo-Khila she does not speak English well. If anyone tried to help her she may not have the ability to tell them where she lives.  “It could be a case where someone out there is trying to help her, but because of the language barrier, can’t,” said Washburn.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Enan Abo-Khila please do not hesitate to call the Erie police detective division at 870-1150

Fifth Fire Caused by Careless Smoker in Montgomery County

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Residents were evacuated from the building

The fifth fire this year in Montgomery County occurred late Monday night at The Grand View Condominium Complex on River Road in Conshohocken after a resident fell asleep with a lit cigarette in his hand.

Henry Smith, 29, started the fire in his first floor condo that caused an estimated $5,000 in damages.

“Smith fell asleep in his chair with a lit cigarette watching

Monday night football,” said Fire Chief Carl Clancy. “When he awoke, the carpet next to his chair was on fire. He’s lucky to be alive.”

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Conshocken Fire Company #2 arrived at the scene

911 received the call at 10:15 p.m. on Monday. Firefighters from Conshohocken Fire Company #2 arrived at the scene at 10:22. The fire was extinguished at 10:50.

“It is really frightening to think that I could have lost my home because someone was careless,” said Jasmine Ellison, 32, condo Owner. “At least I know my fire alarms work.”

The fire caused the partially-rented complex to be evacuated. No other units were damaged. No one was injured.

The condo unit was the site of much controversy from neighbors who were worried about the complex worsening the congestion and traffic problems in the small town.